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Important Shipping Update

Sydney Port Update

Patrick & MUA – The FWC orders are extended and in place until 1 December 2020. Currently Patrick are reporting 15 days for a berth. 

DP World & MUA – we understand DPW have finalised an Agreement for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane which will be put to members vote on 9 November. Fremantle Agreement is still to be finalised

Hutchison Ports and MUA – The EBA negotiations are ongoing without PIA orders. 

The Stevedores continue to work at (pre-PIA) normal levels. It will take some time to recover and clear the backlog of ships and containers at Port Botany. 

Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) 

Our industry bodies continue to seek clarification from shipping lines and stakeholders for the removal of the PCS. The current dialogue quotes the below factors that require resolution and recovery to allow shipping lines to remove the PCS.

• the stevedores EBA negotiations with MUA are still ongoing and still no final agreements signed off and locked away 

• despite the pause in protected industrial action, the threat of PIA recurring is still live 

• Svitzer Tugs are under PIA at their 16 ports from 29 Oct – 29 Nov – Svitzer PIA Notice Svitzer advises they can manage the situation by adjusting schedules while the PIA is in place 

• delays accessing Port Botany stevedores are up to 2 weeks, with ships slow sailing or at anchor to access their slot at Port Botany 

• shipping lines continue to rearrange rotations with port omissions – some omitting Sydney, some omitting other ports to try to keep vessels on schedule 

• Empty container parks ECPs are overflowing and the cost of holding stockpiled containers at ECPs is ongoing for the shipping lines 

• shipping lines are under pressure from overseas ports to repatriate empty containers 

•despite increased exchanges of empty containers evacuated onto vessels, the volumes are not keeping pace with the arrival of more containers.

• minimal prospect of a number of designated sweeper vessels clearing out a large number of boxes, the continued drip feed of empty containers onto those vessels which are calling Sydney won’t significantly change the situation. 

• a bumper harvest now – export capacity out of Sydney may be under pressure for a while, impacting flexibility in designated types of empty boxes being evacuated

The NSW Attorney General, Mark Speakman and Transport Minister, Andrew Constance have been engaged to intervene in the crisis and direct the stevedores and shipping lines to undertake a sweeper vessel operation to remove thousands of containers currently stockpiled.

Empty Container Crisis 

The empty container crisis is ongoing for Sydney with constraints at most, if not all empty container parks.

Our team is working tirelessly to ensure containers can be dehired at their nominated depots when and if possible. This heightened management requirement of your empty containers will continue with no short term action from the shipping lines to effectively rectify this situation..

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